Almost two months after Square Enix revealed the release date of the much-awaited action role-playing game "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided" and the different type of pre-order program that went with the game which it called "Augment Your Pre-Order" program, the publisher has announced that it is cancelling the pre-order program.
An IGN report called the program "highly controversial" because it employed a different approach in getting people to pre-order. Those who pre-order get to choose the incentives they will get and these incentives get better if higher pre-orders were received. The biggest bonus they listed was that they would release the game four days earlier if a target number of pre-orders was reached. Essentially, the more people who pre-order will bring more incentives.
This program, however, became heavily criticized by gamers and fans of the game. Another report in Tech Times cited that the backlash that the plan received was "immense and brutal," and with this recent announcement, Square Enix took this criticism seriously. In a blog post, Square Enix had this to say: "When it was first conceived, we wanted the program to give you more choice about what you received in terms of pre-order incentives... We quickly noticed that this approach created even more frustration than before, resulting in a resounding amount of negative feedback." more >>
Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist.
Samford University's Center for Science and Religion held the event, titled "Transhumanism and the Church," which took place from Sept. 24-26 and featured 27 presentations with approximately 120 attendees for the opening lecture alone.
Transhumanism is the theory that science and technology can be used to advance the evolution of human beings beyond current physical and mental limitations. more >>
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, has commented on the recent NASA discovery that suggests there might be flowing water on Mars, by stating that finding alien life could paint a different picture to who God is for Christians.
"The important thing is to recognize that the universe is created by God, and however God did it tells us something about God's personality," Consolmagno said, according to Vatican Radio.
"If God chose to make a universe where we are the only creatures, that is interesting, that tells us something about God and us," he added. more >>
Since Apple released the latest iOS update, iDevice owners have been excited to know if the iOS 9.0 untethered jailbreak will come out or not.
Apple's update to iOS 9 included a lot of improvements, new features, and patches for the jailbreaks in iOS 8.4 to iOS 8.4.1. There are several developers working on an iOS 9 jailbreak and there are rumors that it may come out in October, Latino Post reports.
Jailbreak team Pangu and iOS hacker iH8sn0w previously came up with successful jailbreaks for iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9, as evidenced by their YouTube videos. Although there are no confirmations if the hacker will share the jailbreaking tool with the public, there are reports that that iH9Sn0w is busy tinkering with a fully functional iOS 9 jailbreak, the report details. more >>
The action-adventure stealth video game, "Hitman 6" finally has a new release date. The game was originally scheduled for release in December 2015, but its developer, IO Interactive, opted to delay release in order for them to add more content to the game. According to a report in IGN, the game's publisher Square Enix and developer IO Interactive have announced that the game will be available on March 11, 2016 on all platforms.
The report also cited the "release plan" that Square Enix and IO Interactive had set up for the game, which they described as "a live game experience that delivers content over time, supported by live events." It is also important to note that any additional content for the game need not be purchased and the game will also not make use of micro-transactions.
When the game is launched on March 11, it will include what is called the base content of the game. This includes six campaign missions in three locations, namely Paris, Sapienza and Marrakesh. There will be 800 targets for the player to choose from in the Contract mode. Upon launch, live content will be made available which includes "time-limited targets, weekly Contracts and promoted created content." more >>
During its recent press event, Google unveiled a slew of new devices including a new convertible tablet called Pixel C. The "C" stands for convertible, according to a report in Tech Times. This new device is the newest addition to the Pixel line of devices, known for their smaller size and portability.
The Pixel C is actually a tablet but when attached a Bluetooth keyboard, it turns into a small laptop. While the keyboard makes for easier input, the tablet's touchscreen feature is retained and this makes it more accessible and convenient to use than a usual laptop. The keyboard is designed to fit perfectly into place with "self-aligning magnets." When not in use, the keyboard can be relegated to the back of the tablet where it is also charged when the tablet is not being used. According to the report, the keyboard can go without recharging for two months even with daily use.
The device naturally runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is entitled to software updates every six weeks. It is built of anodized aluminum and its screen measures 10.2 inches that is switchable from portrait to landscape. Display resolution is at 2,560 by 1,800 pixels and has extra brightness with 500 nits brightness. It is equipped with four microphones and this seems to be because of Google's voice command functions. It also has stereo speakers located on either side of the tablet. USB Type C is already being used for charging the device. Information about its processing power has not been revealed though. Google said they will be revealing more about the device before its release in the market. more >>